Financial Aid Office
The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office provides financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and work-study employment. To apply, undergraduates and graduate students are required to annually file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at http://www.fafsa.gov or the California Dream Act Application at http://dream.csac.ca.gov.
The priority-filing deadline is March 2 each year; however, students are encouraged to apply even if the deadline has passed. Although state and university funding may be depleted, Federal Pell Grants and Direct Loans are available throughout the year for eligible applicants.
UC Davis uses the University of California Education Financing Model to determine financial aid awards for undergraduates. The policy looks at four factors to choose the type and amount of aid for each student:
Undergraduates with outstanding academic records are encouraged to apply for scholarships. For information about scholarship application process, see Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards.
Graduate Student Funding
Graduate students and students in the professional schools at UC Davis (Medicine, Law, Veterinary Medicine and the School of Management) apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov or the California Dream Act Application at http://dream.csac.ca.gov. Financial need is based on the information provided on your application. FAFSA applicants will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) with the Student Contribution (SC) assigned by the federal processor, while Dream Act applicants will receive their SC from CSAC. The SC is subtracted from the UC Davis Cost of Attendance (for the student's graduate program) to determine need-based eligibility. Graduate scholarships, fellowships and teaching and research assistantships are administered through the Office of Graduate Studies.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Federal regulations require that undergraduate and graduate student financial aid recipients meet the published Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) for Financial Aid concerning units and maximum quarters of attendance allowed to obtain a degree. A copy of our SAP standards is available at http://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/consumer/sap/standards.html. Review the policy in detail and discuss it with your academic adviser.
For more information, contact your respective Financial Aid Office at http://financialaid.ucdavis.edu/contact.html. Regulations and deadlines are subject to change.
Types of Financial Aid
Federal Pell Grants . All undergraduate financial aid applicants are required to apply for a Federal Pell Grant each year by filing the FAFSA. Recipients must be enrolled at full time to receive the full amount of awarded Pell Grant and must maintain good academic standing and make satisfactory academic progress. Eligibility is determined by the federal government according to a formula developed by the Department of Education and approved annually by Congress. The UC Davis electronic financial aid notice (MyAwards) informs the student of the Pell Grant award amount.
Cal Grants. All undergraduate financial aid applicants who are California residents are encouraged to apply for a Cal Grant by submitting the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and a GPA Verification form before March 2. Cal Grants are awarded by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) and may be renewed each year for four years, see http://www.csac.ca.gov.
University Grants (UC Grant). The university determines grant eligibility for undergraduates by subtracting a student and parent contribution, any federal or state resources the student receives, and a standard work and loan contribution from the cost of attendance. Any remaining eligibility would be funded with UC Grant. UC Grant funding for graduate students is awarded by the Office of Graduate Studies. Students in the professional schools and the School of Education are awarded grant by their academic departments.
Financial aid almost always includes a long-term loan. Awards are dependent on available funding. Some loan fund sources do not receive allocations each year. Repayment of these loans (with the exception of Federal Direct PLUS loans) begins after graduation or withdrawal from school. Students are encouraged to work as much as possible (while remaining full-time students) and to develop modest personal budgets to keep final loan indebtedness within a manageable range.
Health Profession Student Loans (HPSL) are awarded to students in the School of Veterinary Medicine who demonstrate financial need. Parental income information is required for HPSL applicants regardless of age and dependency status.
Federal Direct Subsidized and Unsubsidized Student Loans (Direct Loans) are available through the Financial Aid Office. Subsidized loans are based on financial need and interest accrued while the student is in school is paid by the federal government. Unsubsidized loans are available to students regardless of income and assets, and there is no interest subsidy.
Federal Perkins Loans are for U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents. Loans may be limited to a percentage of student's need because of demand and limited funds. This is a subsidized loan, which means the federal government pays the interest on the loan while the student is enrolled in school. Repayment starts nine months after graduation or withdrawal from school and may be extended over 10 years. Additional deferments are possible for temporary total disability or volunteer service in a private, non-profit organization, VISTA or the Peace Corps. Some teachers of students from low-income families and full-time teachers of handicapped children may also qualify for partial loan cancellation.Annual Federal Perkins Loan Limits Aggregate (Maximum) Loan Limits
UC Davis offers many affordable university loan programs to its students. While a majority of campus-based loans have a need component as demonstrated by the FAFSA or Dream Act application, most students can apply for other loan opportunities such as the emergency, short-term and assistant loan program
Emergency, Short-Term and Assistant Loans meet temporary or emergency financial needs of currently enrolled students. Please visit the financial aid website for requirements, instructions and the online application. Loan funds are provided by UC Davis alumni, ASUCD, the Cal Aggie Foundation, the Regents of the University of California and private donors.
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Work-Study allows students to earn part of their financial aid through part-time employment. Federal Work-Study is available for students eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Form (FAFSA), and the FAFSA must be completed by March 2 annually to be considered. Institutional Work-Study is available to international and AB 540 students who are eligible to work and is also based on need. For AB 540 students that are also undocumented, need is determined by the California Dream Act Application, which must be completed by March 2 annually to be considered. Dream Act applicants must also meet Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) requirements to be eligible. International and other AB 540 students must complete a separate application to be considered for Institutional Work-Study. Please see our office for details. Work-Study awards offer both money for education and work experience.
Community Service. A wide variety of community service jobs are available for students who apply for Work-Study funding. These jobs provide educational and rewarding work experience and help students connect with the community at large. Students applying for community service jobs also receive priority consideration for Work-Study funding.
Work-Study funds for graduate students are allocated directly to the chairpersons of the graduate programs. Graduate students seeking Work-Study funding should contact their respective departments for further information. Students must file a FAFSA or California Dream Act application and have financial need to be considered for Work-Study funding.
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